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June 24, 1924

June 24Union leader, lawyer, and politician Terence V. Powderly dies. Powderly was the Grand Master Workman of the Knights of Labor – a labor organization that promoted an eight-hour workday, the end of child and convict labor, a graduated income tax, equal pay for equal work, and worker cooperatives. At its height in 1886, the Knights had over 700,000 members.

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December 9, 1869

charterKofLThe Knights of Labor – the first national industrial union in the United States – is founded in Philadelphia by Uriah Stephens and eight other Philadelphia garment cutters. By mid-1886, the Knights of Labor had nearly one million members and was the largest labor union at the time in the country.

January 22, 1849

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Terence V. Powderly is born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Powderly would become the Grand Master Workman of the Knights of Labor – a labor organization that promoted an eight-hour workday, the end of child and convict labor, a graduated income tax, equal pay for equal work, and worker cooperatives. At its height in 1886, the Knights had over 700,000 members.

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